Physician Substance Use and Addiction

These doctors are usually compassionate people, dedicated in the extreme to the well-being of their patients — to their own detriment and often that of their families. They tend to ...

An Evening to Inspire Benefit Concert

You can make a difference. Join Renascent for an evening celebrating recovery with East Coast music icons Séan McCann and Pamela Morgan. At the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, on Friday, February ...

Renascent to Publish TGIF Anthologies

Vote for your favourite TGIF articles and help Renascent put together three collections of TGIF writings – available in spring 2015 as print and electronic books. By voting, you'll let ...

An Evening to Inspire Benefit Concert

You can make a difference. Join Renascent for an evening celebrating recovery with East Coast music icons Séan McCann and Pamela Morgan. At the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $150 per person (reserved seating) or $250 per person (includes VIP Reception and Meet & Greet) and can […]

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Renascent to Publish TGIF Anthologies

Vote for your favourite TGIF articles and help Renascent put together three collections of TGIF writings – available in spring 2015 as print and electronic books. By voting, you’ll let us know which articles made a difference in your recovery. With each nomination, your name is added to a draw to win your very own print copies of the entire collection. Vote now. Vote often. Vote until January 31, 2015.

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Perspective: The Wounded Healer

I got better at saying I was an alcoholic in meetings where no one knew me, but when I wore my professional hat, I felt this thick shame like a powerful snake about to envelop and squash me with its coils. When I saw a colleague in a meeting, I felt stupid, embarrassed. What was wrong with me that I was in this situation? How dare I work in the addiction field!

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Physician Substance Use and Addiction

These doctors are usually compassionate people, dedicated in the extreme to the well-being of their patients — to their own detriment and often that of their families. They tend to be perfectionistic, obsessive and rigidly self-controlled. Stressed and lacking healthy coping strategies, some find ease and comfort in drugs or alcohol. Thus, the seeds of abuse and dependence are sown, especially when there is a family history of substance use disorders.

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Video: Nuggets

“Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It is delicious.” This short animation is a perfect visual description of addiction.

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